Music & Arts
There are two choirs which meet to rehearse and sing regularly. Membership in each of these choirs is based on participant’s interest, no auditions are necessary! We welcome ALL who would like to be a part of these choirs anytime.
Please feel free to call our Director of Music, Simon Holt, in the church office for more information on any of the choirs or with new ideas! Simon’s personal phone is 860-705-3037. Underlined material to be updates by Simon
Our church houses a remarkable collection of works of art, some of it dating back to the early 1900’s when local artists of the Old Lyme Impressionist School painted the Meetinghouse to help raise the money needed to rebuild following a tragic and historic fire which burned the Meetinghouse to the ground. Periodically our Board of Music and the Arts conducts tours of the collection, on Sunday mornings. The board also hosts an Art Show bi-annually when church members gather their own works of art to show and share their talent.
SIMON HOLT, Director of Music
There are many opportunities to be active in the music program of our congregation. Music is a vital element in our worship services. Indeed, we are committed to the belief that God reveals Himself or Herself through art, poetry and music, and that we can all be enriched by these epiphanies.
Walt’s Pottery Studio
Nearly fifteen years ago, a member of our congregation donated the money to fund a pottery studio in memory of her husband, “Walt.” This studio is located in the basement of our Parish House. The studio contains wheels on which the pottery is “thrown,” as well as the kiln in which it is fired and an assortment of clays and finishes. Our potters offer lessons periodically in their craft. The studio is accessible to our members and friends, under the direction of one of our master potters. Once a year the artists donate a collection of their work as the basis for our “Soup-Bowl Supper.” At this event $15.00 buys you unlimited access to soups donated from local restaurants. It is a night of wonderful fellowship. The money raised supports our in-house food pantry and soup kitchen. The supper is usually held in February.
Writing from the Spirit
The writing group meets from October thru April on alternate Wednesdays at 3:30 pm in the Hoag Parlor (in the Parish House). All writers of prose or poetry are welcome. Participants bring some work of their own to share, or a poem or short prose piece by a favorite author. This is an appreciative and supportive group! People interested in joining should call Vicki Murphy, leader of the group, at (860) 767-662-5038.
The poetry-reading group meets from October through April on alternate Wednesdays at 4:30 pm in the Hoag Parlor (Parish House). Scheduling is in rotation with the Writing from the Spirit Group. Everyone is welcome to attend and participate in our readings. Those interested in joining the group should contact Alan Bradford at (860)434-0247 or firstname.lastname@example.org or just show up! Texts will be provided.